On Politics: Henry-Pashinski contest one to watch

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Editor’s note: On Politics is a new Tuesday column in which we will analyze key local, state and national political developments of the past week.

While many eyes will be on the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests this fall, Luzerne County very likely has a new hot ticket to watch in November.

As we reported on Friday, former long-running WILK Radio host Sue Henry announced she plans to run as a Republican for state representative against Democratic incumbent Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski.

The opportunity arose because Gregory Wolovich Jr., the Republican nominee in the 121st Legislative District, said he will vacate the slot because he believes Henry would be a better fit.

The county Republican Party must formally name Wolovich’s replacement, but Henry said party leaders have indicated the nomination is hers.

Henry’s apparent coronation as the GOP candidate could turn what many expected to be another non-contest in the district into an interesting battle, to say the least.

Democrat Pashinski, 72, is seeking his seventh two-year term in the legislature. He is a respected and well-liked incumbent with deep roots in the community.

But in place of 25-year-old Wolovich, Pashinski now is expected to face Henry, 53, who brings to the race one of the most recognized names in Wyoming Valley media circles. Henry’s listeners may not always have agreed with her, but there certainly were a lot of them, and many were deeply loyal.

In an interview with the Times Leader, Henry said property tax reform and the opioid crisis are among the most pressing issues she would look to address.

With due respect to Henry, the opioid epidemic is one of the defining American issues of our time, and it’s hard to imagine any one candidate having the answers to that complex social crisis —…

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